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Recommended Computer Skills


Basic Computer Requirements and Skills

The Advanced Learning Technologies division has a Web page that lists the minimum requirements in terms of computer hardware and skills you need to be successful in a course. Follow this link to see that list Remember that while you computer skills many improve, it is not the goal or purpose of a GHC Online course to teach you basic computer skills. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you have the following skills before taking an online course:

Internet Skills

  1. Use a Web browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer not AOL)

  2. Be able to decipher a URL (i.e.

  3. Be able to use Google search engine

  4. Manage Bookmarks or Favorites

Email Skills

  1. Send an email message to someone not in your address book

  2. Add someone to your address book

  3. Open an email message

  4. Reply to an email message

  5. Attach a document & send to someone in an email message

  6. Open an attached document that someone has sent to you in an email

General Skills

  1. Manage files (find, copy, edit)

  2. Download & install software from a website to your computer

  3. Create a document using Word

  4. Use a help system to solve a problem or figure out how to do a task that you do not know how to do (i.e. add a header with page numbers and file name to a Word document)

  5. Install Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer


  1. The computer you use needs to be sufficient enough to render modern web pages, and play video and sound

  2. It is strongly recommended that you have broadband Internet service. There are several service providers available that offer high speed connections which will enable you to download required web pages without hesitation.

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